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80-Turbine Reno County Wind Farm Nixed (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Sunflower State, the Hutchinson Kansas News is reporting the Reno County Commission has denied Florida-based NextEra Energy's proposed 80-turbine, 200-MW wind farm in the southern part of the county.

Supporters of the project said the wind farm would bring economic and energy benefits to the county while naysayers claimed it could hurt property values, generate noise and kill birds that fly into turbines. (Source: KOAM News, AP, 14 June, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy ,  Wind,  

AEE Program to Reduce Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Project Costs (Ind. Report)
Alliance for Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-17
The Washington, DC-based Alliance for Energy Efficiency (AEE) is reporting the launch of a new, wide-ranging program for commercial building owners to reduce energy demand and, as a result, significantly decrease the need for utilities to build new generating capacity or purchase expensive outsourced power to meet future energy demand.

Central to the program is AEE's partnerships with trade associations in a wide range of industries, whose membership encompasses virtually every segment of the marketplace and collectively represents enormous purchasing power. These trade associations have established relationships and channels of communication with their members and are able to create broad scale awareness of economically compelling energy reduction opportunities.

The massive, collective buying power of the trade associations has motivated installation contractors and manufacturers of energy products to offer substantially lower costs to complete projects. As a result, commercial building owners can complete projects to reduce energy cost by up to 80 pct at no cost at all, or costs so low to often be recovered through energy savings in as little as 3 to 12 months, according to the AEE.

Despite the wide range of available energy-saving technologies and compelling economics, the broad marketplace still has little awareness of the opportunity, and has done little to participate, he said. The Alliance for Energy Efficiency focus is to change that by commercializing energy efficiency through this program.

The AEE program includes a full range of energy technologies, including, but not limited to LED lighting, HVAC, controls, building management systems, demand control ventilation, variable frequency drives, window films and power factor correction. (Source: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, PNR, New Kerala, PR. 16 June, 2019) Contact: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, 202.857.0666,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance for Energy Efficiency,  

Enel Nails Brazilian 29.4-MW Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l Report)
Enel SpA
Date: 2019-06-14
The renewables subsidiary of Rome-headquartered, Italian utility Enel SpA reports it has connected its 209.4-MW Delfina Wind Farm to the Brazilian grid Brazil with the completion of $40 million, a 29.4-MW expansion.

With the expansion, the wind farm is expected to offset the emission of over 580,000 tpy of CO2. The wind farm's expansion output will be sold on the spot market from 2019 to 2022. The original Delfina wind farm became operational in 2017 with an installed capacity of 180 MW. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 13 June, 2019)Contact: Enel SpA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel SpA,  Wind,  Brazil Wind,  

SGRE Launches Seven-Day Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-06-14
Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the official launch of its Electric Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) pilot project in Hamburg, Germany.

The SGRE system heats volcanic rocks to 750C using a resistance heater and blower, which can be powered by wind turbines. The heat can then be used to generate steam. SGRE notes the pilot can store 130 MWh of energy for up to one week. SGRE claims the technology offers a second-life option to existing power plants as it uses standard components.

SGRE is partnering with local utility Hamburg Energie -- which will market the stored electricty -- and the Hamburg University of Technology on the pilot, which received funding from the German government. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Windpower, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Wind ,  Siemens Gamesa,  

HPC Project Aims to Optimize Wind Power Production (Int'l)
University of Nottingham
Date: 2019-06-14
In the UK, the University of Nottingham is reporting a two-year High Performance Computing (HPC) project to optimize the sustainable exploitation of wind power.

The project will involve 13 partners from across Europe and Brazil with a proven track record of HPC hardware, wind energy, numerical methods, software development and industrial applications.

With £2 million in Horizon 2020 funding, the High Performance Computing for Wind Energy (HPCWE) project will deliver a step change in the application of HPC on wind flow simulations and reshape almost every stage of wind energy exploration. The HPCWE aims to address the key open challenges in applying HPC on wind energy, including efficient use of HPC resources in wind turbine simulations, accurate integration of meso- and micro-scale simulations, and optimization. (Source: University of Nottingham, AAAS, June, 2019) Contact: University of Nottingham, Dr Xuerui Mao, Faculty of Engineering, +44 0 11574 86020,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Software,  

Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-14
In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond Free Press reports the Richmond Public Schools' COO Darin Simmons has advised the Richmond School Board that Huguenot High and three other schools that are under construction to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold standard has not resulted in "significant" savings.

The schools are now projected to cost a collective $148 million, or $38 million more than originally estimated. The board was told that adhering to the lesser LEED Silver standard would add 8 pct to the cost, or about $12 million. Eliminating LEED standards in the construction would save possibly $3 million of that because money would still need to be spent energy efficient doors, windows and lighting. All three schools are to be equipped with solar energy panels, now seen as more effective in cutting energy costs than building to LEED standards. The buildings are slated to open in 2020. (Source: Richmond Free Press, Jeremy Lazarus, 14 June, 2019) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED,  USGBC,  

Siemens Gamesa Claims EDF 126 Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa,EDF Renewables
Date: 2019-06-12
Wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of three new contracts that include service and maintainence from EDF Renewables for its new 4.5-MW turbine which will be manufacture in Hutchinson.

The most recent award was the 232 MW Milligan project, located in Milligan County, Neb. For the project, Siemens will build 30 SG 4.5-145 and 36 SG 2.7-129 wind turbines. The 4.5-145 features a 71 meter or 233-foot long blade. With these recent orders, Siemens Gamesa eclipsed the 1-gigawatt mark for its SG 4.5-145 turbines sold worldwide. The other new projects are the 241 MW Coyote wind project in Texas, and 246 MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico. Coyote, located in Scurry County, Texas, will feature 48 SG 4.5-145 and 11 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Project completion is targeted for the summer of 2020.

The Oso Grande wind project will also utilize 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Located about 43 miles southeast of Roswell, N.M., commissioning of this wind farm is slated for Q4, 2020.

The SG 4.5-145 offers a flexible power rating, from 4.2 to 4.8 MW, depending on site conditions, the company stated in a release. It is optimized for medium wind onshore locations to maximize energy production with low noise emission levels. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Dodge City Daily Globe, 4 June, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, Pres. & CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525,,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  

NJ PUC Aims for 100 pct Clean Energy by 2050. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-12
The New Jersey Public Utilities Commission's NJPUC) recently released (NJ PUC) Energy Master Plan provides an initial blueprint for the total conversion of the Garden State's energy profile, calls for "carbon-neutral electricity generation and maximum electrification of the transportation and building sectors to meet or exceed the Global Warming Response Act greenhouse emissions reductions of 80 pct relative to 2006 levels by 2050.

The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.

Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019) Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

Rocky Mtn. Power's Energy Vision 2020 Plan Underway (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2019-06-12
Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports its Energy Vision 2020 plan for the construction of three wind parks, the re-powering of two existing wind farms and the installation of a new high-voltage transmission line is underway in Wyoming.

The projects include the Ekola and TB Flats I & II wind farms in Wyoming's Carbon County and the Cedar Springs wind park in Converse County, totaling 1,150 MW. The re-powering projects will upgrade existing wind turbines in Converse and Carbon counties, and the Gateway West Transmission project will install a 140-mile (225km) transmission line in Sweetwater and Carbon counties. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Renewables, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  

Nordex Launches Argentine Wind Turbine Plant (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-06-07
Hamburg, Germnay-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group and Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) are reporting the official opening of Nordex Group's Argentinian production plant in Cordoba.

The plant began production in mid-April with the first AW132/3300 nacelles for projects for the power utility AES Generacion S.A. The plant's nacelles and hubs assembly shop is designed for an annual capacity of up to 500 MW. Nordex is also establishing three plants for concrete towers.

FAdeA is a listed aviation company under the auspices of the Argentinian Ministry of Defense.

Nordex has installed more than 25 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and has joint manufacturing capacity factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India, Argentina and in the near future Mexico. (Source: Nordex, PR, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1000. +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1101,,; FAdeA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  wind Turbine,  Wind Tower,  

Vestas, Rusnano Collaborate on Russian Made Wind Components (Int'l)
Vestas, Rusnano
Date: 2019-06-07
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has inked a pact with Moscow-based Rusnano with the aim of increasing the production of wind turbine components, supply chain optimization and wind energy related equipment in Russia. Vestas notes it is also considering deploying technologies developed by Rusnano portfolio companies in the manufacturing process.

The goal of the agreement is to strengthen both Vestas' and Rusnano's positions in the Russian sustainable energy market, according to the Vesta's release. (Source: Vestas, Renewables Now, 6 June, 2019)Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736.,,; Rusnano, +7 495 988 5388, (65) 681 0747 - US Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Rusnano,  Wind,  

Greenko Raises $495 Mn for 2.4 GW of Energy Storage (Funding)
Date: 2019-06-07
In India, General Insurance Corporation (GIC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) are reporting an agreement to invest $495 million as primary equity in Hyderabad-headquartered renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings' planned installation of two 1.2 GW renewable energy storage projects in Pinnarpuram and Saundatti, in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

The projects are slated for completion in 2022 at an expected cost of approximately $2 billion.

Greenko aims to establish an efficient energy platform to generate round-the-clock (RTC) power is an attempt to create a reliable and schedulable power generation and eventually replace fossil fuels.The majority of Greenko's installations are in the wind, solar and hydro with a combined capacity of 4.2 GW. (Source: Greenko Energy, MERCOM, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Greenko Energy, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenko,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  

Scout Completes MMPA Three Waters Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy,Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Date: 2019-06-05
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy, a Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners portfolio company, reports the inking of 200 MW PPA with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) for the entire renewable energy capacity of the Three Waters Wind Farm in Jackson County, Minnesota.

The project, which will incorporate up to seventy-one, 2.82 MW GE wind turbines, is expected to begin construction and startup in 2021. Three Waters is being developed and will be owned and operated by Scout Clean Energy.

Scout is presently developing 2,400 MW of wind energy projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566,,; Quinbrook,; Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, (507) 285-0478,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

WPD Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Financing Arranged (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-06-05
Bremen, Germany-headquartered wind power developer WPD reports receipt of NT$74.2 billion ($2.36 billion) loan for a 640-MW offshore wind farm incorporating 80 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines to be developed 8km off Taiwan's central county of Yunlin. Fifty-four pct of the loan is secured export credit lines at an annual interest rate of 1.7 pct provided by Denmark's EKF, Germany's Euler Hermes and the Netherlands' Atradius, with the remaining 46 pct unsecured project financing from 15 foreign and four Taiwan banks.

The project, which has a 10-year PPA with state-run Taiwan Power Company, is slated for completion by year-end 2021. WPD holds a 73 pct stake in the wind farm and a Japan-based consortium of Sojiitz, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Chugoku Electric Power, Chudenko and Shikoku Electric Power hold the remaining 27 pct stake. (Source: WPD Taiwan Energy, DigiTimes Taiwan, 3 June, 2019) Contact: WPD,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  WPD,  

World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Operation Underway (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-05
Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it has begun operations on the 1,214-MW Hornsea One -- the largest offshore wind farm in the world at 1,218 MW capacity.

The project, which is located 120 km off the Yorkshire Coast, will incorporate 174 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines, 50 of which are currently operational. The wind farm is expected to be fully online in 2020. (Source: Orsted, Windpower Enc., 3 June, 2019)Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Hornsea,  

Equinor Pursuing Canary Island Floating Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-06-05
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian energy company Equinor is reportedly interested in developing an €860 million, 200-MW floating wind farm offshore Spain's Gran Canaria island, according to various media.from the coast of Juan Grande.

Equinor expects to start working on obtaining the necessary permits for the project by the end of the year and to put the wind farm into operation in 2024. If selected, the project is expected to be similar to Equinor's 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm operation. (Source: Equinor, Offshore Wind Biz, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Equinor,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind Farm,  

New Credit Card Limits Climate Impact (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-03
Swedish financial company Doconnomy is touting a new credit card that allows consumers to track and offset the emissions related their purchases.

The card uses the Aland Index to quantify consumers' carbon footprint and compute offset costs using the World Bank's carbon price. Consumers can use the data supplied to either reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change, or to buy offset credits from UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions.

Users can also directly compensate for their GHG emissions, through projects meeting the criteria of UN-certified green projects. To identify the carbon dioxide (CO2) impact of each transaction, the Do card uses the Aland Index, developed in 2017 by Bank of Aland in Finland.

Partnering with the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the initiative encourages users to compensate their carbon footprints in UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions. The projects are implemented in developing countries and are rewarded with Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) as well as Gold Standard. Ranging from cleaner-burning cook stoves to wind-generated electricity and clean waste disposal, all projects contribute to global emissions reductionsA savings product by the company offers an interest rate that includes investment in climate-friendly projects. (Source: UNFCCC Press Release, 30 April, 2019) Contact: UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  UFCCC,  

RI PUC OK's Nat. Grid, Revolution Offshore Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
Orsted,Revolution Wind Farm
Date: 2019-06-03
In Warwick, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports its unanimous approval of the 20-year PPA under which National Grid will buy power from the 400-MW Revolution Wind Farm being developed in Rhode Island Sound by Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Boston-based energy company Eversource.

National Grid will pay 9.8 cents per kilowatt-hour as part of a deal that state energy officials estimate could save Rhode Island electric consumers $90 million over the life of the contract -- roughly 50 cents per month for the typical customer.

The Revolution project is expected to generate sufficient energy for approximately 270,000 homes when it comes online in 2023. (Source: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Fall River Herald, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, (401) 941-4500,; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,,; National Grid,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Revolution Wind Farm,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  

Dallas Renewables Contract Cuts Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
City of Dallas
Date: 2019-06-03
In the Lone Star State, the City of Dallas reports entered into a new 10-year contract with TXU Energy that will power all city facilities with 100 pct offsite wind and solar energy at a 26 pct lower energy rate than the city previously paid.

The projected new contract is valued at $472.6 million, including energy costs and regulated Oncor transmission and distribution costs.

The new contract is expected to save nearly $80 million in energy costs over the 10-year term of the contract compared to the current contract. This includes a projected $3.66 million savings in the current budget year between June 1st and September 30th, and $7.85 million overall projected savings annually in the next budget year and beyond. (Source: City of Dallas, PR, 29 May, 2019) Contact: City of Dallas, T.C. Broadnax, City Mgr.,; TXU Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TXU Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

Potentia Acquiring Goldwind Montana Wind Facility (M&A Report)
Goldwing, Potentia Renewables
Date: 2019-06-03
Goldwind is reporting the sale of its 20 MW Musselshell Wind Project in Montana to Toronto-headquartered Potentia Renewables. The project features a total of 14 Goldwind 87/1.5 MW permanent-magnet direct-drive turbines which will be serviced and maintained by Goldwind.

With this acquisition, Potentia now has over 850 MW of operating, under-construction and long-term contracted wind and solar assets in Canada, United States and the Caribbean, according to the company. (Source: Goldwind, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Potentia Renewables, Jeff Jenner, CEO .(416) 703-1911,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwing,  Potentia Renewables,  Wind,  

Bipartisan Building Energy Efficiency Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Washington, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced the Commercial, Low Emissions and Net Energy Reduction (CLEANER) Buildings Act of 2019 which would extend the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings. If this incentive is renewed, the deduction -- aka 179D -- could generate thousands of new design and construction jobs and contribute millions to the gross domestic product, according to the release.

Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.

Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew,; Rep Mike Kelly,; Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Alliance to Save Energy,  

NRStor Acquires Ontario Energy Storage Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
NRStor,Temporal Power
Date: 2019-06-01
Toronto-based energy storage specialist NRStor Inc. is reporting its acquisition of a 5MW connected energy storage facility, located in Clear Creek, Ontario. The Clear Creek facility was originally built by Mississauga-based Temporal Power to showcase its industry-leading flywheel energy storage technology. With this acquisition, NRStor expands its flywheel energy storage portfolio, which already includes Canada's first grid-scale flywheel energy storage facility in Minto, Ontario. NRStor expects to have the full hybrid battery and flywheel system operational in 2020.

The facility is optimally located adjacent to a 20 megawatt (MW) wind farm and existing Hydro One electrical infrastructure. With support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Hydro One, the facility originally demonstrated the effectiveness of distributed energy resources (DERs) and successfully completed reactive power validation and power quality testing. Ten 500 kilowatt (kW) flywheels were deployed in a modular arrangement to deliver 10 MW of flexible range (+/-5 MW) to the Ontario grid. (Source: NRStor Inc., PR, 30 May, 2019) Temporal Power, (905) 581-4474,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRStor news,  Energy Storage news,  Flywheel news,  Temporal Power news,  

Glenwood Springs Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Glenwood Springs
Date: 2019-05-31
In Colorado, the Glenwood Springs City Council reports its unanimous approval of a resolution to purchase all of Glenwood Springs' electricity from clean wind energy from the city's power supplier the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN). With passage of the resolution the city of roughly 10,000 residents becomes the seventh city in the country to be powered 100 pct by renewable energy.

MEAN is bringing the equivalent wind power onto its grid to provide for all of the electricity in Glenwood Springs. As other communities follow in Glenwood's path, MEAN will increase the total renewables on the grid, benefiting all the members.

According to MEAN, move to 100 pct wind saves the environment 77,156 tpy of CO2 emission that the City of Glenwood Springs would have "created" using MEAN fossil fuel plants to generate power. (Source: MEAN, City of Glenwood Springs, PR, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759,; City of Glenwood Springs, (970) 384-6400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

TransAlta Takes Stake in Skookumchuck Wind Project (M&A)
Date: 2019-05-31
Calgary, Alberta-based electric power producer and wholesaler TransAlta reports it has agreed to purchase a 49 pct interest in RES-Americas' 38-turbine Skookumchuck Wind energy project located near the soon to be shuttered Centralia coal plant.

The $200 million project, which is slated to begin producing power by December of this year, will generate 137 MW of electricity, enough to power about 100,000 households. The electricity will be sold to Puget Sound Energy. (Source: TransAlta, Daily Chronicle, 29 May, 2019) Contact: RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225,,; TransAlta, TransAlta, (855) 255-9184,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta,  Wind,  RES-America,  

Vail Commits to Renewables to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
Vail Colorado
Date: 2019-05-29
In Eagle County Colorado, the Vail Town Council reports it will purchase 100 pct of its municipally-used electricity from renewable sources supplied by Holy Cross Energy.

The initiative is in keeping with the town's self-imposed goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct of 2009 levels by 2025. To that end, Holy Cross Energy is recommending the installation of a solar array at the town's public works shops. The city's purchases from Holy Cross will come from wind, solar or hydroelectric generation and will not count toward the town's existing greenhouse gas reduction goals. (Source: Vail Daily, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Town of Vail, Kristen Bertuglia, Env. Mgr.,; Holy Cross Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Holy Cross Energy,  

IEA says Nuclear Power Decline Threatens Climate Goals (Int'l.)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-05-29
According to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) a steep decline in nuclear energy capacity will threaten climate goals and power supply security unless advanced economies find a way to extend the lifespan of their reactors. Nuclear is currently the world's second-largest source of low-carbon electricity, behind hydropower, and accounts for 10 pct of global electricity generation.

But nuclear fleets in the US and Europe are on average more than 35 years old and many of the world's 452 reactors are set to close as cheap gas and tighter safety requirements make them uneconomical to operate.

According to the IEA report, "Without policy changes, advanced economies could lose 25 pct of their nuclear capacity by 2025 and as much as two-thirds of it by 2040." The report notes renewables like wind power have increased in advanced economies, but the decline in nuclear has left the clean energy share of the global power supply unchanged in 20 years. In order to offset the expected decline of nuclear, investments in renewables would have to grow fivefold, the report adds.

According to IEA Energy Markets chief Keisuke Sadamori, it is more expensive to build new wind and solar than to extend the lifespan of existing reactors, which require investment of $500 million to $1 billion per GW of capacity. Many U.S. reactors have already seen their lifespan extended to 60 from 40 years.(Source: IEA, CBC, 27 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Nuclear ,  

Senvion, Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II Contract Agreement (Int'l)
Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II
Date: 2019-05-29
Hamburg-based German on- and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG (TWB II) are reported to have agreed on a new wind turbine supply contract for the Trianel Borkum II wind farm.

Initially, construction of the 200-MW project was to have gotten underway in mid-April 2019. By then, 15 of the 32 wind turbines had already been delivered on time and transported to the base port in Eemshaven. The remaining 17 of the 32 wind turbines are now slated for delivery in autumn 2019. (Source: Senvion, reve, 28 May, 2019)Contact: Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II,; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Senvion,  

Nordex Claims 198 MW Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-29
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order from an undisclosed U.S. project developer for the supply and installation of 63 AW125/3150 wind turbines on steel towers for a Texas wind farm. The project is expected to get underway in spring 2020 and will have a combined rated output of 198 MW. (Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, 28 May, 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

Fortum, Nordkraft JV to Develop Nordic Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Fortum, Nordkraft
Date: 2019-05-27
Finnish energy company Fortum Oyi and Norway's Nordkraft are touting their Fortum Nordkraft Vind joint venture to develop new wind power projects in Norway.

The two companies have been active in the Nordic wind sector since 2017, when the Finns acquired three Norwegian projects totaling 170 MW from Nordkraft. Nordkraft has also supported Helsinki-headquartered Fortum Oyi on the construction and operation and maintenance of the projects. (Source: Fortum, Nordkraft, renews, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Fortum Oyi,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  

China Cutting New Wind Power Project Subsidies (Int'l. Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2019-05-27
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that as of 1 Juny, 2019, onshore wind projects connected to the national grid will no longer receive the fixed payment -- feed-in-tariff -- and will instead have to negotiate a price with the national grid directly, The new rules do not phase out government-set tariffs entirely, as the negotiated price must be less than an official "guidance price," which serves as an upper limit and is based on electricity generation costs in the area the project is based.

The prices will still be subsidized by the National Renewable Energy Development Fund but the ceiling will fall in 2020 when projects are required to reach "grid-price parity" and compete equally with the cost of coal power in their region.

The NDRC notice also introduced a new guidance price for newly approved offshore wind power projects. (Source: NDRC, Caixin, 27 May, 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Wind,  Wind Subsidies ,  

Ayala Doubling Indonesian Wind Project Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Ayala, AC Energy,UPC Renewables
Date: 2019-05-27
AC Energy, the energy investment unit of Ayala Corporation reports it will be doubling the capacity of its Sidrap wind farm development in South Sulawesi, Indonesia from 75 MW to 150 MW. The possible South Sulawesi wind farm expansion is under discussion with partner-firm UPC Renewables, as well as with Indonesia's state-owned power utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) for off-take (capacity purchase) arrangements, primarily that of the wind facility expansion. (Source: AC Energy, Ayala Corp., PR, reve, 26 May, 2019) Contact: AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO,; UPC Renewables , +63 2 576 7961, (305) 416-6101 -- US Office,,

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Enel Breaks Ground on 140MW South African Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power,Eskom
Date: 2019-05-27
Enel Green Power reports construction is underway on its 140MW Oyster Bay wind farm in South Africa. The €180 million, 41-turbine project in the municipality of Kouga in the Eastern Cape province is expected to generate about 568 gWh of power per year when fully operational in Q2, 2021. The wind farm has a 20-year PPA with local utility Eskom, as part of the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. (Source: Enel Green Power,, 27 May, 2019) Contact;

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Maryland Mandates 50 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Reg. & Leg.)
Date: 2019-05-24
Under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly last month, utilities in the state will be required to subsidize solar and wind farms as well as maintain incentives for trash incinerators and paper mills even though they generate pollution and greenhouse gases.

With the green energy legislation, Maryland joins seven others with renewable energy goals of 50 pct or more. Three-quarters of Maryland's green energy supply came from outside the state in 2017.

The new Clean Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to increase an average Maryland residential utility bill by approximately $1.50 per month, has been criticized as not doing enough to combat climate change and not guaranteeing that the tens of millions of dollars of subsidies paid out each year translates to jobs in Maryland.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R), who endorses renewable energy, expressed his support for expanding the mandate to 100 pct clean energy by 2040, and said he would push for competition in the industry to limit costs for ratepayers. (Source: Baltimore Sun, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901,

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Microsoft Netherlands to Run on Offshore Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-05-24
IT giant Microsoft reports the inking of a 15-year agreement with Eneco to purchase 90MW of power from the 731.5MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The contracted wind power will power Microsoft's datacenters for a period of fifteen years from 2022 onward.

The Borssele III & IV wind farm is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium -- Partners Group, Shell, Eneco,Van Oord -- and will incorporate 77 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed 22km offshore Zeeland. The project is slated for commissioning and operation in 2021. (Source: Microsoft, Offshore Wind, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Microsoft Netherland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, General Manager, +31 20 500 1500,;Blauwwind ConsortiumBlauwwind , LinkedIn

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CellCube Wins EES/Intersolar Award (Ind. Report)
CellCube Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
Toronto-headquartered energy storage specialist CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports receipt of the Electrical Energy Storage (EES) award in Munich for its FB500-2000, the largest single module flow-battery based energy storage system.

The new Cell Cube FB500- 2000 offers up to 1,000 volts DC for charging and discharging and is capable of over 20,000 deep discharge cycles which translates to a life span of over 25- 30 years. The system is designed for use in large grid-scale utility applications, collocation with solar parks and wind farms.

CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations and a 11 year operational track record. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, CEO, 800-882-3213,, ,]

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Alinta's W.A. Wind Farm Wins Regulatory Approval (Int'l. Report)
Alinta Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-headquartered electric power and gas supplier Alinta Energy reports Economic Regulatory Authority approval of its 212MW Yandin project near the town of Dandaragan, 150 kms north of Perth. When fully operational, the wind farm will be the largest and one of the most efficient wind facilities in Western Australia.

The project will incorporate 51, 4.2MW Vestas turbines. Construction is expected to begin this July. (Source: Alinta Energy, Others, Renew Economy, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Alinta Energy,

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Ohio Clean Air Energy Bill Disqualifies Wind, Solar (Reg. & Leg.)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
In Columbus, the republican-dominated Ohio State House of Representatives has announced changes to a comprehensive energy bill that would bailout the state's nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates disqualifying wind and solar power from Clean Air Credits. The elimination of wind and solar leaves nuclear power as the only beneficiary of the Clean Air Credits program.

The bill also allows utilities to charge ratepayers a fee to cover subsidies for Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and its two coal plants. The charge to residential ratepayers was cut from $2.50 to $1 a month, reducing the money for credits from $300 million to about $190 million. (Source: Cincinnati Public Radio, Statehouse News Bureau, 22 May, 2019)

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SGRE to Service Pattern's 218MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Pattern Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group reports it has awarded a four-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for its 218MW Panhandle Wind 1 facility is in Carson County. The wind farm incorporates 118, 1.85MW-87MW GE wind turbines.

Under the agreement, SGRE will service the turbines and implement value-added analytics such as NEM Solutions and SCADA Diagnostics, later this year.

Since 2010, SGRE has been maintaining wind turbines of other manufacturers. In the US, the company currently has more than 10,000 wind turbines in operation totaling nearly 20GW. (Source: Pattern Energy, Power Technology, 23 May, 2019)Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO,

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China Planning $23Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l. Report)
China Ofshore Wind
Date: 2019-05-22
Chinese state news agency Xinhua is reporting China will invest160 billion yuan ($23.5 billion) in an offshore wind power project that will have an installed capacity of more than 1 million kW in Jiangsu province.

Wind power, according to Xinhua, is the third-largest source of energy in the country after coal and hydropower. The country is already the world leader in wind power with 187 GW in capacity in early 2018. The plan is to increase this to 210 GW by the end of 2020. In 2019 China generated 1.87 trillion kWh of electricity from renewable sources, according to Xinhua. (Source: Xinhua,, 21 May, 2019)

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Vestas Supplying Turbines for Fortum's Finland Wind Project (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-22
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for wind turbines for Helsinki-headquartered utility Fortum Oyj's 90 MW Kalax Wind Project in the province of Narpio in Western Finland. Turbine supply, installation and commissioning, as well as a long-term Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement are included in the contract.

The project will feature a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize the energy output. Turbine delivery is slated for Q2, 2020, for commissioning in Q1, 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, Mobile - +49 (0) 160 90141736.,,; Fortum Oyi, Joonas Rauramo, VP Wind Generation, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

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Nordex Touts 155-meter Rotor Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2019-05-22
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports the unveiling of a new turbine with a rotor diameter above 150 metres. The N155/4.5 is the fourth turbine in the manufacturer's Delta4000 series, and has a power rating of 4.5MW and rotor diameter of 155 metres.

The N155/4.5 is aimed at growth markets with medium wind conditions and for sites "without strict requirements on maximum noise levels or high levels of effective turbulence intensity -- much of the U.S., Latin America, South Africa and south-east Asia," according to Nordex. The turbine, which uses the same doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) as previous Delta4000 turbines, will initially be available with a 108-metre steel tower, a 120-metre concrete tower and a 164-metre hybrid tower. Production is due to start in late 2020. (Source: Nordex, May, 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,,

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Vestas Confirms EDF, 249 MW Turbine Order (Ind Report)
Vestas,EDF Renewables
Date: 2019-05-22
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 249 MW of V120-2.2MW turbines from EDF Renewables for its Las Majadas wind project in Texas. The project includes 2MW PTC components previously purchased from Vestas.

Under the terms of the order, Vesta will supply and commission the turbines along with a 5-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement, which was designed to ensure optimized performance for the lifetime of the project.

Turbine delivery is slated for Q2, 2020 for commissioning in Q3, 2020. (Source: Vestas, Compelo, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US & Canada Sales & Serv.,; EDF Renewables North America, Art DelRio, VP, Wind Technology Strategy,

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Cuban Wind Farm Construction Underway in Las Tunas (Int'l)
onstruction and Assembly Company of Las Tunas
Date: 2019-05-20
In Cuba, the Councils of State and Ministers, is reporting construction is underway on 20 of the planned the 34 wind turbine tower foundations at the La Herradura 1 wind farm, on the north coast of Las Tunas. Technicians from the People's Republic of China are reportedly overseeing the project. (Source: Construction and Assembly Company of Las Tunas, eve, 18 May, 2019)

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Improving, Managing Wind Power Energy Production (Int'l Report)
National Science Foundation
Date: 2019-05-20
Portuguese scientists have released the first of several reports with findings that could help officials manage wind power facilities more efficiently and increase renewable energy production.

Among the findings, Perdigao, a field experiment in Vale do Cobrao, a valley in eastern Portugal, shows that the speed and direction of wind over complex terrain at the height of wind turbine hubs differ by as much as 40-50 pct from standard weather forecasts that wind turbine operators rely on to bring facilities online and supply wind power to the grid, according to a report published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

To be useful, wind power forecasts need to be made at least six hours in advance so electric grid operators can balance loads effectively. The Perdigao study aims to improve such forecasts by improving "microscale" models which capture the details of flow surrounding a wind turbine providing wind information at points separated by 100 meters compared to tens of kilometers in standard weather prediction models.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. (Source: NSF, 19 May, 2019) Contact: NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070,;

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Japan's Orix Acquiring IL&FS Indian Wind Plants (M&A, Int'l)
Orix,Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services
Date: 2019-05-20

Japan's Orix Corporation reports it will purchase the remaining shares in seven Indian wind power plants totaling 874 MW in the form of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) from Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Wind Energy Limited (IWEL). Orix already holds 49 pct of the seven wind farms.

IL&FS expects deal to be closed by the end of June 2019, subject to compliance and regulatory approvals. (Source: IL&FS, PTI, !8 May, 2019) Contact: Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services,; ORIX,

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Saudis Unveil Seven Solar Projects Worth $1.5Bn (Int'l. Report)
Saudi Arabia,Solar
Date: 2019-05-20
In Saudi Arabia, as part of the country's Vision 2030 economic diversification push, seven photovoltaic solar power projects totaling 1.52 GW and worth $1.51bn (SAR5.6bn) have launched on the side-lines of the recently concluded Saudi Elenex exhibition.

Saudi Arabia plans to use renewable energy such as solar (40 GW), wind (16 GW), and concentrated solar (3 GW) through large-scale investments by 2030, according to a report by state news agency, SPA. Speaking in Abu Dhabi on 15 January, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, said at least 12 renewable energy projects would be launched in 2019 as the kingdom diversifies its energy sector away from petrodollars. (Source: SPA, Middle East Utilities, May, 2019)

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Scottish Cities Chasing Ist Place in Net-Zero Emissions Race (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-20
Like most city-dwellers, Scots travel in polluting vehicles, use fossil fuels to heat their homes and work in an economy that produces greenhouse gases. But Scotland's two largest cities -- Glasgow (pop. 596,000) and Edinburgh (POP. 482,000) -- are racing to become the UK's first city with net-zero emissions.

To that end, both cities have set targets exceeding the Scottish government's 2045 net-zero target and that set by the UK government's Committee on Climate Change of 2050.

Achieving net-zero status involves more than reducing emissions, it also involves offsetting greenhouse gases released with initiatives such as planting trees.

Glasgow City Council is working with Scottish Power, the energy provider in charge of the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. Glasgow's energy sector is dominated by wind power and continued investment in the electricity grid has allowed the city to focus on other parts of the economy such as transport and heating.

Edinburgh's carbon emissions have fallen by about a third since 2005, and the city council aims to continue that momentum by boosting renewable energy, making the city centre a low-emissions zone and encouraging low-carbon design for construction projects. The city also has schemes in place to reduce waste and increase recycling. Additionally, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport will have better access to the city centre, which will be off-limits to most cars to help cut emissions. (Source: World Economic Forum May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Anbaric Updates Brayton Point Mass. Offshore Wind Transmission Center Progress (Ind. Report)
Anbaric Development Partners
Date: 2019-05-17
Further to our 20th February coverage, Anbaric Development Partners is reporting construction on the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at Brayton Point, Mass. is expected to get underway in 2021.

The facility, with a 1,200-MW high-voltage direct current converter and 400 MW of battery storage capacity, will serve as the "plug-in" between offshore wind turbines and the power grid from which local homes and buildings receive electricity. Between the 1,200 watts being converted onsite and the energy being stored, the facility's output would be "comparable" to a peak of 1,600 MW.

Anbaric estimates the project will come in at roughly $645 million.

Anbaric Development Partners creates new entities that transform old energy systems into more effective and resilient ones with an emphasis on clean energy. The company's financial partner is the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, a $189 billion public pension fund, according to the company website. (Source: Anbaric Development Partners, Providence Journal, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Anbaric Development Partners, Edward Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711,

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Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm Wins Conditional Permit (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-05-17
Meeting in Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reports it has issued a conditional approval for construction of teh 310.1 MW Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota, being developed by Invenergy.

The proposed project is expected to include up to 112 wind turbines and associated facilities, including a 345-kilovolt transmission line with an associated 345-kV interconnection substation located in Glenwood Township. The $400 million project is expected to come online in 2020. A buyer for the power produced by the project has not been announced.(Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Capital Journal, May 15, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201,; Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm,

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Brookfield Acquiring Indian Wind Farms (M&A, Int'l)
Brookfield Asset Management,Axis Energy Group
Date: 2019-05-17
Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc is reported to be acquiring two fully contracted Indian wind farms totaling 210 MW from Hyderabad-based Axis Energy Ventures for Rs 500 crore ($71,115,660). The acquisition would be Brookfield's first in the renewable energy space in India.

Axis Energy Ventures, the flagship company of Axis Energy Group, develops renewable and clean energy projects and has committed to develop 12,500 MW of renewable energy projects by FY 2022. (Source: Brookfield Asset Management, Economic Times India, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491,; Axis Energy Group India,,

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